The Hybrid Arena

by Rita Robison, Assoc. Ed.; Civil Engineering—ASCE, New York, N.Y.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1985, Vol. 55, Issue 3, Pg. 38-41

Document Type: Feature article


The University of North Carolina's new basketball arena at Chapel Hill combines steel and fabric in a dome whose design by David Geiger Associates is based on the principles of skewed symmetry. The tension ring is at the bottom, the compression ring at the top. A standard metal deck roof is supported by four arch trusses and infill panels. The fabric lantern, which architecturally defines the basketball courts below, is carried by tubular arches and tied down by cables. The design is an economical one, as the steel weighs only 15 lb/sq ft.

Subject Headings: Cables | Hybrid methods | Steel | Fabrics | Arches | Colleges and universities | Religious buildings | Domes (structure)

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